‘Tiger Triumph,’ the maiden India US joint Tri services Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) Exercise, began on the Eastern seaboard in Visakhapatnam.
The Exercise aims at developing interoperability for conducting HADR operations.
Indian Naval ships Jalashwa, Airavat and Sandhayak, Indian Army troops from 19 Madras and 7 Guards, and Indian Air Force MI-17 helicopters and Rapid Action Medical Team (RAMT) are participating in the exercise. The US are represented by US Navy Ship Germantown with troops from US Third Marine Division.
The Harbour Phase is scheduled at Visakhapatnam from November 13 to 16.
Personnel from both navies would also participate in Training Visits, Subject Matter Expert Exchanges, Sports Events and social interactions. On completion of the Harbour Phase, the ships, with troops embarked, would sail for the Sea Phase and undertake Maritime, Amphibious and HADR operations. On reaching the HADR areaat Kakinada, the landing of Relief Forces would be undertaken to the Exercise scenario.
At the HADR Exercise Area, a Joint Command and Control Centre, would be established jointly by the Indian Army and US Marines. The IAFRAMT and the US Navy Medical Team would establish a Medical Facility Camp for providing medical aid to victims, who would have been previously evacuated by road and air to the Camp.
The Exercise would culminate with a Closing Ceremony onboard US Naval Ship Germantown, a Whidbey Island-class dock landing ship, on November 21.